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Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

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Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is a board game from Fantasy Flight Games out now.

The game is a semi-cooperative game, in which players work together to solve problems confronting the Fleet, ranging from mechanical to political issues, all the while remaining vigilant for Cylon attacks. However, suspicion clouds the ship and its crew, as one or more players may indeed be a Cylon!"

The game is set in the first season immediately following the destruction of the Twelve Colonies. There are two "teams" in the game, the humans and the Cylons. The game starts like the series, with the humans trying to reach Kobol. Initially, the Cylons are game mechanics thrown at the humans in the form of crisis cards during each player's turn. As the game progresses, it becomes obvious that one or more players may in fact be a Cylon and is trying to prevent the humans from getting to Kobol by secretly subverting their efforts to get past the challenges presented in the crisis cards. Secrecy is a big part of the game.

Designed for 3 to 6 players, each player chooses to play as one of 10 characters, each with their own skills, abilities, and weaknesses while trying to help mankind reach Kobol. Characters available include William Adama, Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, Saul Tigh, Sharon Valerii, Gaius Baltar, Galen Tyrol, President Laura Roslin, Tom Zarek and Karl Agathon.

The human team wins by making FTL jumps until reaching Kobol, then making a final jump. During that process, they have to keep several resources from running out including food, fuel, morale, and population, while also keeping Galactica from being destroyed by Cylon ships or boarded by Centurions. Half way to Kobol, the 'sleeper agent' phase kicks in, which some players that were human at the start of the game might find out that they are now a Cylon. This aspect of the game means that human players might want to be careful about how well they are doing in the game prior to this phase, as other players might notice a sudden change in play style. The Cylon team wins if the any of the resources run out, Galactica is destroyed, or if a boarding party can "vent the oxygen to space" from the battlestar and kill the crew.

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